It’s been rumored for a few months now that Ricoh were planning on launching a small new APS-C sensor camera called the GR, and now it seems that those rumors are indeed true. Mirrorless Rumors has posted a video (above) that not only confirms the sensor size of the new Ricoh GR Fixed lens compact camera, it also fills in some of the other details.
About the Ricoh GR
Ricoh is moving from the smaller 1/1.77-inch CCD sensor it used in the past to a relatively giant APS-C 16.2MP CMOS sensor — the same size and type found in many DSLR cameras. The camera will now be the smallest digital camera to feature an APS-C sensor.
- GR Engine V processor which gives the camera speed. It has a startup / shutdown time of 1 second, 0.2 second autofocus, and 4 frame per second continuous shooting.
- 18.3mm f/2.8 lens that’s the equivalent to a 28mm in 35mm terms.
- Large 3-inch LCD screen for reviewing and framing shots (the camera doesn’t have a built-in viewfinder).
- An “Effects” button (on the side of the camera) for applying various creative filters to your photos.
We expect that pricing and availability info will be coming soon.
My 2 Cents
Something tells me that this new camera is going to skew into the premium compact range with the likes of the Fuji X100s and Nikon Coolpix A. We’ll have more on the Ricoh GR once it gets in the hands of some of our Photographers, but competition is always a good thing, and we may have a fun battle royal shaping up. Stay Tuned!